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Ah, Paul Newman - arguably the biggest actor of the ‘60s. Who doesn’t get lost in those dreamy blue eyes? But this episode isn’t about him, really. It’s about his better half, Joanne Woodward, who had twice his acting chops but, unfortunately, a quarter of his drawing power on the marquee. But you don’t need to do the math to discover how great Joa…
 
While the end of the decade ushered in an explosion of gay rights movements, it’s no secret that the 1960s were not exactly the friendliest decade for LGBTQ people. When it comes to showing lesbians on film, there seemed to be a bit more wiggle room – in the same way laws were more punishing towards male homosexuality, the female variety seemed to …
 
Like the rest of Europe, Czechoslovakia was busy making its own cinematic waves in the 1960s. Arguably, the Czechoslovak New Wave was one of the broadest and most formidable, stretching from extremely abstract art films to slice-of-life kitchen sink dramas. These filmmakers went in search of truth – indulging in a mix of dark humor, social satire a…
 
Once upon a time, in a magical red world behind an iron curtain, there existed a very special man named Aleksandr Rou. Born to two foreign-born parents, Rou worked his way up from the stage to become one of Russia’s most celebrated film directors. But Rou wasn’t any ol’ director; he focused primarily on fantasy and fairy tale films for children – b…
 
If you were a teenager in the 1960s chances are you loved three things: The Beatles, Yo-Yos and The Man From UNCLE. Okay, likely you enjoyed a variety of other things, but the adventures of Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin sure captured the hearts and minds of the many during their four year television run. But this is cinema60 so we’re exploring t…
 
Bart & Jenna play Kiss Marry Kill with the year 1966. The following films are discussed: • Once Before I Die (1966) Directed by John Derek Starring Ursula Andress, John Derek, Richard Jaeckel • The Round-Up (1966) Szegénylegények Directed by Miklós Jancsó Starring János Görbe, Zoltán Latinovits, Tibor Molnár • How to Steal a Million (1966) Directed…
 
Bart and Jenna dust off a 1962 article by critic Stanley Kauffmann on Truffaut’s Jules and Jim to use as a sounding board for how and why ‘60s filmgoers showed up for and reacted so favorably to challenging “art” films. They also discuss love in its various states, from the idealized to the understated love of a perfect friendship.…
 
In 1960, Nancy Kwan burst onto the screen in glorious color as the titular Suzie Wong. The film was a major hit that both launched her career and gained her lasting name recognition in the industry. After a memorable stint in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s celebrated Flower Drum Song, she went on to a bizarre mix of smaller films and bit roles but never…
 
There’s an argument to be made for the idea that Haskell Wexler was one of the founding fathers of modern cinema. With his emphasis on handheld cameras, naturalistic on-location shooting and dramatic lighting, Wexler stands out as one of the few true auteur cinematographers. Between his iconic visuals and his clear interest in and emphasis on polit…
 
As part of our mission statement, Cinema60 boldly claims that modern cinema was born in the 1960s. However you want to look at that assertion, there’s no denying that cinema before the ‘60s was (well, at least since the mid-1930s) safe family-friendly entertainment with bits of adult content creeping in around the edges little by little–to a greate…
 
Charles Mingus once said: “Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple.” Jenna wasn’t thinking about this quote when she coined the term “Jazz Anxiety Movie” but it certainly fits. What she was thinking about was how many brilliant 1960s films about anxiety-inducing situations seem to have memorable jazz scor…
 
Bart and Jenna play Kiss Marry Kill with movies in the year 1965, a year where you can feel the rebellion starting to bubble over. The following films are discussed:• Man Is Not a Bird (1965) Covek nije tica Directed by Dusan Makavejev Starring Milena Dravic, Janez Vrhovec, Eva Ras • Waqt (1965) Directed by Yash Chopra Starring Sunil Dutt, Sadhana,…
 
After years of fighting against political turmoil, personal strife and artistic complacency, Luis Buñuel finally found a decade that embraced him for everything he was and could be. The famous Surrealist who was ejected from the European filmmaking community in the early ‘30s for blasphemy and a sensibility too outrageous for mass consumption, made…
 
Out here in the desert you only have two friends, your rifle and your flat angled eyeliner brush. One of Jenna’s favorite activities is spotting inappropriate fashion, hair, and makeup in meant-to-be period films. Some decades are certainly worse than others and the midcentury falls firmly in the ‘too self aware’ camp–I mean, how can you expect peo…
 
Sick and tired of Jenna torturing him with hours of terrible James Bond rip-offs, Bart takes the reins and chooses a mix of international bootleg Bonds that all have one very important thing in common: they make Bart laugh. How that is, or why that is, is the real question here; they border on enigmatic enough that even Bart isn’t too sure how to d…
 
Don’t feel too bad if you don’t really know what was happening culturally in 1960s West Germany. The truth is not much was happening, at least for the first half of the decade. But once the mid-’60s hit, an interesting chorus of voices and visions started to emerge from Germany’s youth. Where there had been a heap of churned out fluff, suddenly fil…
 
Bart & Jenna play Kiss Marry Kill with the year 1964. The following films are discussed: • The Train (1964) Directed by John Frankenheimer Starring Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau • Welcome, or No Trespassing (1964) Добро пожаловать, или Посторонним вход воспрещён Directed by Elem Klimov Starring Viktor Kosykh, Evgeniy Evstigneev, Arin…
 
We maybe got, uh, too ambitious when we set out to watch every single Sophia Loren film from the 1960s. But how could we not? Loren was a 1960s superstar and for good reason, she starred in a whopping twenty films during the decade. The inconsistent quality of these films is a little puzzling considering the majority were produced by her career-sha…
 
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